Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Malaysian MVNO selects Megasoft arm

28 April 2009

Malaysian mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Tunetalk, has selected XIUS-bcgi, the telecom brand of Chennai-based technology company Mega Soft Limited, to launch its services in Southeast Asia.

XIUS-bcgi, through its mobile services platform (MSP), will power Tunetalk’s launch and delivery of its advertising-supported mobile phone service initially in Malaysia and subsequently to other countries in the Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region.

Tunetalk, co-founded by Tony Fernandes, group chief executive officer of low-cost airline AirAsia, is launching on the Celcom network in Malaysia in 2009. Plans are under way for similar launches in 2010 in other countries in the region.

“XIUS-bcgi will be responsible for the supply and turnkey management of the customised core network infrastructure for enabling Tunetalk's mobile launch through its multi-country rollout,” GV Kumar, chief executive officer of XIUS-bcgi, said in a release on Monday.

Megasoft since 2008 has been focusing on MVNOs and has so far made three installation of its MSPs for MVNOs in Europe that were connected to Vodafone, and one installation for Diemo, a GSM (global system for mobile communications) operator in Venezuela.

The company, in October 2008, told Business Standard that it was on the verge of forging a $7-million (about Rs 35 crore) deal with an MVNO in Asia-Pacific and that the client was looking at entering India when the MVNO licensing policy was clear to one and all.

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